Archive for the ‘ Urban Fantasy ’ Category

Cry Wolf – Keith Melton

One choice means heartbreak. The other, death.

Nightfall Wolf Clans, Book 1

Leah Kendrick is guilty of only one crime: loving her human mate, Tom, enough to give him the gift of The Bite. The Pack council is merciless, and the punishment swift. In an instant everything she’s ever known is ripped away, and they’re turned out into the long winter with nothing. No money, no car, and no protection from a variety of creatures who’d like nothing more than to take down a lone wolf.

Friendless and broke, they form a daring plan to take back what’s theirs and chase safety north. But the Pack has other ideas. And with time running out it’s about to call their bluff…

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After finishing this book the most predominant thought in my mind was, ‘Is that it?’ It felt like it was over before it was even begun. I knew it was a novella and it would be short but I have to think it was the deft storytelling that had me entranced so much so that I was at the end before I knew it.

Leah has been banished from her pack for turning Tom, her mate, without the pack’s permission. After this they have to run. They have no possessions (all pack members sign everything over to the pack) and no allies. That’s the jist of it. It does exactly what it says on the tin. But packed into the 100 or so pages was some pretty impressive world building. We got a sense of pack dynamics and Leah’s life before and with Tom as well as some pretty impressive action scenes.

I really enjoyed the fact that Leah and Tom were both college drop outs with minimum wage jobs. It was nice to have a little reality mixed in with my urban fantasy, so much of the time the protagonists are rich and have a cushy job that pays them loads but doesn’t require attendance or any actual real work. I loved that Leah swore. She wasn’t some prissy little miss and although we didn’t spend a huge amount of time with them, I got a real sense of their relationship and how much they meant to each other. I wonder if that’s a male ‘thing’. The ability to convey bonds of love and emotion with very few words. Charlie Huston does it really well also. Sometimes the beauty is in the restraint. The words not uttered.

That said, if you are looking for a nice little story that is all wrapped this isn’t for you. It left me with more questions than answers. Is there further meaning in Leah’s dream? Will the pack still chase them? Because they have their bond can they start their own pack? Are they alpha’s now? What of the shadowy ‘Order’?

As I said, this felt more like a prelude to a full length novel, than an actual stand alone story. Am I hoping there is more to come? Most definitely.

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A Week In Reading

I used to do this on the now defunct Book Pron and I enjoyed giving my mini lightning reviews. I hosed the idea from Tracy over at Tracy’s Place. (I am unashamed in my pilfering of ideas.)

So what did I read this week?

It was a week of Kitty for me. I started on the Kitty Norville series by author Carrie Vaughn and really enjoyed it. I made it through five of six books. I haven’t purchased the seventh instalment yet, but I shall. Soon. Also managed to squeeze in Carol Lynne’s new one.

Kitty and the Midnight Hour.

I really loved the voice of Kitty in this first book and some of my favourite moments came from Kitty’s interaction with her radio audience. I also liked that Kitty wasn’t an alpha werewolf from the start. You know, get bitten and suddenly you are Amazon Alpha, the strongest, most sexually alluring  female werewolf on the planet. Kitty had issues with her pack and she was the lowest on the rung. It made a nice change.


Kitty Goes to Washington.

In this instalment Kitty is a rolling stone that gathers no moss. Going from town to town doing her show, she is finds herself in hot water when she lands in Washington. I enjoyed Vaughn’s vision of  how the world would react to supernatural elements being brought into the public domain. There was no mass hysteria but Vaughn managed to convey a sense of unease and tension through the whole book. Her description of how violated Kitty feels at the end of the book was really well done.


Kitty Goes On Holiday.

I loved this book. This was where it all changed. One minute I knew where the characters were going the next I was like ‘Whoa!’ And I loved being surprised like that. Plus, for some reason there were many places in this book where I was scared out of my wits. Some real evil mo-fo’s here.


Kitty And The Silver Bullet.

This is the one I had been waiting for. Kitty returns to Denver and faces her demons. It all felt a little anti-climatic at points but that is because it wasn’t a drama-filled angst-fest which I appreciated. Introduction of a few new characters was interesting and mention of ‘The Long Game.’


Kitty And The Dead Man’s Hand

This was where it fell apart slightly for me. The plot was a mess and unfocused and I didn’t really see the point of the book at all except as a lead in to the next book. T’was a shame but you can’t hit home runs every time.


Seb’s Surrender – Carol Lynne

My guilty pleasure is Carol Lynne. I know she writes basically the same story over and over but there is a kind of comfort in that too, you know. I know they are angst-ridden and the smexxoring is unrealistic but I kinda don’t care. Crack with a capital C. I liked this second book in her Bodyguards series much more than the first although the first was good too. Who would think you could have a security company that specializes in gay bodyguards? But it works. As always interesting set-up and characters are let down by the storytelling but I still enjoyed it. If you let go and just read she is fab.

So there you have it, not a bad haul for the week. What about everyone else? Anything particularly noteworthy, in an good or bad way.